“Any democracy is only as strong as its weakest link. Refugees are South Africa’s weakest link and if we collude on impunity of our own officials, and allow corruption, and deny refugees their rights, then South Africa is not a country to be proud of.” [Abeda Bhamjee, Lawyer, Wits Law Clinic, October 2003] "The Zimbabwean situation of starvation and malnutrition, wilful political violence and intimidation, and the immoral use of food aid by the Zimbabwean government demands stronger and transparent intervention by African governments through the AU. With more than three million people displaced as a result of the crisis in Zimbabwe, a generation of exiles and refugees has been created. This situation cannot be allowed to continue. The Government of Zimbabwe must care for its own people." [South African Catholic Bishops Conference, August 2004] “We would be better off with only six million people, with our own people who support the liberation struggle. We don’t want all these extra people”. [Didymus Mutasa: Zanu-PF Organising Secretary, August 2002] “60% to 70% of Zimbabwean adults who should constitute the productive population are living abroad.” [Herbert Nkala, Publicity Committee Chairman for Zimbabwe Reserve Bank’s “Homelink”, September 2004] There is no civil war in Zimbabwe, so there is no reason to apply [for asylum]… [Home Affairs official, Johannesburg Refugee Reception Office, July 2004] 2

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